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NHL Playoffs on NBC and VERSUS

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

The National Hockey League announced dates, times and national broadcast information for the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarter-Final round, which begins Wednesday, April 9.

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That night, an Atlantic Division rivalry continues as the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers. Also on Wednesday’s schedule, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators, the San Jose Sharks host the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota Wild.

Three other series open Thursday, when the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks host the Dallas Stars, the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings host the Nashville Predators.

On Friday, the League's top point- and goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin makes his NHL postseason debut as the Washington Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers.

National network television coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided in the United States by NBC and VERSUS and in Canada by CBC, TSN and RDS. NHL Radio on Westwood One will distribute live coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to radio stations across North America. Every game also can be heard on XM Satellite Radio.

VERSUS begins its coverage Wednesday with a doubleheader featuring the Ottawa at Pittsburgh (7 p.m., ET), followed by Calgary at San Jose (10 p.m., ET).

NBC Sports will start its playoff coverage Saturday, April 12, featuring Nashville at Detroit (2 p.m., ET), and will continue coverage Sunday when Philadelphia plays the Capitals in Washington (2 p.m., ET). NBC will continue weekend afternoon coverage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs in addition to prime-time coverage of the Stanley Cup Final.

CBC's HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues its tradition of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage with a Wednesday doubleheader featuring Ottawa at Pittsburgh (7 p.m., ET) and Calgary at San Jose (10 p.m., ET).

TSN leads off its coverage Wednesday featuring the Rangers at New Jersey (7 p.m., ET).

RDS will show complete coverage of two series (Montreal vs. Boston and Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa) and will continue showing live Playoff action through the Stanley Cup Final.

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